Lookout Pass Ski Area
Lookout Pass has operated every winter season since 1935 and has a reputation for legendary powder, earliest openings, and longest season in the region. The number that really matters is an average snowfall of 400" of light, fluffy, powdery Northern Rockies snow. The winters provide skiers paradise while the off-season allows outdoor enthusiastics to hike, bike, and explore the mountain.
Lookout’s original historic base lodge is the 2nd oldest ski lodge in the northwest. The cedar interior offers delightful warmth reminiscent of vintage lodges of the 1940’s. Lookout Pass also straddles the Idaho/Montana state line which means you can ski in two states on the same run! Check the website for more information.
The Area also operates the Route of the Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail in the summer which offers a ride on the old Milwaukee RR trail which spans two states, crosses 7 Sky-High Trestles and 10 Dark Tunnels. Incredible history and spectacular Scenic views. A Top 10 Pick by USA Today and a Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame Trail. Considered by many to be the most spectacular mountain bike Rail-to-Trail conversion in the USA!
History: Lookout Pass is the original Idaho ski area having documented skiing and a rope tow in 1935. The local ski pioneers chose Lookout Pass because of the abundant snowfall and excellent snow quality which they could access by jumping on the Northern Pacific railroad cars as they proceeded east from Spokane, CDA & the mining towns of Wallace and Mullan, Idaho or West from Missoula, MT. These ski adventurers would hop off the railcars at the summit and utilize a highway storage shed nicknamed "Buzzards Roost" as a warming hut.